The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Conference Dates Set

ZANU-PF'S 13th Annual National People's Conference will be held from December 4 to 9 under the theme "Indigenise, Empower, Develop and Create Employment". The conference will be held in Gweru in line with the party's policy of taking the indaba to all the country's 10 provinces.

This theme was agreed on at the 261st Ordinary Session of the Politburo held at the party's the party's headquarters in Harare yesterday.

The party leadership also received a report on the Constitution-making process and agreed to embark on a massive mobilisation process that will see the revamping of all party structures later this month.

"We discussed the issue of the annual people's conference to be held in Gweru and we have agreed that it be held from December 4 to 9.

"We have also agreed on the theme and it would be 'Indigenise, Empower, Develop and Create Employment'.

"We have adopted that theme because it is relevant to the current situation and also to our campaign ahead of next year's election," the party's secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Rugare Gumbo said.

The conference will be held at a new 5 000-seater conference centre under construction outside Gweru along Mvuma Road.

The structure will also also house offices for the Presidium and other heads of department.

Cde Gumbo said the party would hold inter-district meetings countrywide that would be addressed by Politburo members and other senior officials.

"What we talked about was the revamping of the party structures throughout the country that will see the introduction of new party cards. Every Politburo member must be involved in mobilising supporters.

"We will be having inter-district meetings throughout the country and these meetings would be addressed by Politburo members and other senior officials," he said.

Cde Gumbo said the issue of regulations for the conduct of primary elections had been deferred.

"It would be done later, maybe just before the conference . . . as you know we have a Politburo meeting just before the conference," he said.

Cde Gumbo said the Politburo was briefed on developments in the Constitution-making process by Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Copac co-chairman Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana.

"We got an update from Cde Chinamasa on the Copac report, especially on what the Copac drafters have done about the Second All Stakeholders' conference.

"They have completed deliberations and are now going to report to the management committee who will take it to the principals sometime this week.

"They told us that Copac didn't tamper with what the people said, but just presented it in a clear and transparent way," Cde Gumbo said.

Meanwhile, Cde Gumbo welcomed the re-election of US President Barack Obama despite his hostile policies against Zimbabwe.

"Obama is on the liberal or left of US politics while Mitt Romney is no different from George Bush, he is part of the aggressive US leaders.

"Even though we are not happy with what he (President Obama) has done like maintaining sanctions, he is a man of colour and because of our nationalism, even though we do not agree with him, we can only sympathise with Obama," he said.

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